Talk:Stupid Hackathon

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Hey so I'm just going to lay out the situation as I see it.

  • I set up this page so that people could coordinate, collaborate, and help make the hackathon happen.
  • Someone anonymously edited the page to put phrases like "shitty people" in prominent places, and add a lot of scatological references. I assumed this was meant in a mean-spirited way. I might have been wrong. Either way: I reverted the changes.
  • Then someone anonymously edited the page to add random personal information about volunteers, presumably obtained from Googling people's names. I think this is bizarre, threatening, and uncool by any metric.

I want this page to help people trying to make things. I don't want it to be a platform for harassment. I'm not sure what the best way to achieve that is.

--Joshuah (talk) 21:55, 6 May 2015 (UTC)


Joshuah previously wrote:
"and add a lot of scatological references."

In point of fact, at least one "scatological reference" is already present on one of the event sites. If scatological references really bother this event organizer, then the webmaster or webmasters involved are most certainly invited to excise the scatological reference(s) on that site at their earliest convenience, in order to further reduce ambiguity while keeping things figuratively "cool" by all popular metrics.
....and fyi as of this very writing, the Joshuah and Joshua talk pages apparently don't even exist yet.
13:30, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

  • I would like to point out that the word 'shit' in reference to a colloquialism for 'thing'. It has nothing to do with 'anal-retentiveness' (which is scatalogical), or the quality of people (such as 'you shitty people') or things ('shitty t-shirts'). While you can of course work on whatever terrible projects you want to as much as you want to anywhere, that doesn't mean that it's a reasonable thing to try to fill the coordination page with needlessly obscene, insulting, harassing, or otherwise jarring content. We, the organizers, just want this to be a fun event for people, and one of the things we think helps facilitate that is to ensure that it is welcoming and I guess positive. So This means not calling people shitty, and it also means not posting people's personal information that they decided not to post themselves. Yes you can make our lives frustrating, and yes you can make us waste our time reverting your edits, and yes they will sit in the noisebridge wiki history log, but really why bother? You're throwing rocks at your neighbor's treehouse. If you want to punch someone, punch up.

Swartzcr (talk)

  • Hey -- Why are you adding people's last names, links to their websites, etc. to this page? Do you understand that this is harassment? It's creepy, threatening, pointless, rude, invasive, and as far as I can tell, serves no function other than to be destructive. It's utterly bizarre and way over the line. Here's what I'm going to do: 1. Remove the changes to personal information. 2. Remove references to "shitty people", because most people don't like being called shitty. I am not a fan of putting the word "shitty" before every possible word, as you are, but that's small-fries here. --Joshuah (talk) 16:47, 7 May 2015 (UTC)


I've protected the page against anonymous edits.

--Tdfischer (talk) 22:02, 6 May 2015 (UTC)